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Spotlight: Blake’s “Visionary Heads” Drawing of Wat Tyler

You can see what I do if you choose. Work up imagination to the state of vision, and the thing is done. –William Blake Over the years we’ve had books written or illustrated by William Blake (1757-1827), the influential artist, engraver, poet, and radical thinker of the Romantic Age. Blake has often been called a visionary, which may have been literally true—throughout his life he claimed to see visions that inspired his art. One of the most dramatic examples of this is his famous series of “Visi...
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“REVEALED A STRANGE AND UNKNOWN WORLD, FULL OF EXCITING WONDERS… POINTED THE WAY TO ITS POSSIBILITIES FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT”

LEWIS, Meriwether and CLARK, William. History of the Expedition Under the Command. Philadelphia, 1814. Two volumes.

Exceptionally rare first edition, one of only 1,417 copies printed, of the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent, with the famous large folding map of the course of the expedition and five in-text maps. $250,000.


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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species. London, 1859.

Rare first edition of “certainly the most important biological book ever written” (Freeman, 73). The copy of biologist Charles Wyville Thomson, lead scientific officer on the Challenger expedition and a critic of Darwin's views on natural selection. $160,000.


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THE ONLY THEATRICAL WORK CERVANTES EVER PUBLISHED

CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. Ocho Comedias. Madrid, 1615.

First edition of Cervantes’ fifth book, his only theatrical work published in his lifetime and published the year before his death. Of extraordinary rarity. $145,000.


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